Book Review: Florida Firefight by Randy Wayne White

Book Review: Florida Firefight by Randy Wayne White Review by Dawn Thomas 150 Pages Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Mystery, Thriller, Fiction (Adult), Vigilante Justice, Crime The story takes place in the 70s or 80s. There are many references to Vietnam War and that era. Detective Lieutenant James Hawker is a sniper with the Chicago Police Department. After a series of questionable commands and a disastrous hostage situation, Hawker resigns. Jacob Hayes, the father of one of the hostages, contacts Hawker about working for him. Mr. Hayes tells Hawker about the people on Mahogany Key, a remote village in the Everglades. A group of Colombians are terrorizing the community. When Hawker arrives on the island, he assesses the situation and fines it worse than he expected. The people will not even look each other in the eye. He devises a plan to rid the island of the bullies but needs to convince the islanders to help. Hawker starts a neighborhood watch program and has several meetings with the community to build up morale. He wants the community to be able to protect themselves once he is gone. After a few skirmishes, the people get behind him and begin to take…

Book Review: Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

Book Review Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Penguin Group Berkley, NAL/Signet Romance, DAW 512 Pages Mystery & Thrillers, Crime, Suspense, Literature, Fiction (Adult), David Harwood is a journalist but on the day he was to report for work at the Promise Falls Standard the paper closed the doors. His mother sends him on an errand to take food for his cousin Marla. What should have been a quick trip turned into one disaster after another. While he is with living with his parents, raising his son to do the right thing and looking for a job, his mother asks him to investigate a murder. He is unprepared when the former mayor offers him a job working. But a job is a job and the money is too good to turn down. Marla Pickens is still grieving for her stillborn daughter. She is caught up in others’ activities and is expected to take the blame because of her mental state. Agnes Pickens, Marla’s mother, is the hospital administrator. She has to be tough to earn respect and runs the hospital with an iron fist. She believes her husband Gill is having an affair. Dr. Jack Sturgess…